Shaquille O’Neal was one of the most dominant centers to ever play in the NBA, with multiple championships and awards under his belt, but he’s also a genuinely funny guy. From his entertaining Twitter feed to his endlessly quotable interviews (“My game’s like the Pythagorean Theorem. It ain’t got no answer.”), the guy knows humor, so it’s no suprise that he’s teaming up with a handful of professional comedians for Shaquille O’Neal’s All-Star Comedy Jam 2012, which will be touring the country this spring – including a handful of dates in Orlando for NBA All-Star Weekend February 23-25. He’s also partnering with C by Courvoisier, the newest expression from the French cognac house, which will be sponsoring the tour. Shaq and I don’t have too much in common, but since we both like C by Courvoisier, I’ll share my thoughts on it, and we’ll see if he agrees.
I received a bottle a couple of weeks ago, before I even knew that Shaq was involved, and gave it a proper tasting, which to me involves swirling, sniffing, sipping, swishing, and swallowing, while thinking deep thoughts and taking copious notes. Like many of the new cognacs on the market, C by Courvoisier – which is aged in oak barrels – is made for mixing in cocktails, but it’s nice on its own as well, which is how I sampled it first. My findings? It’s a crisp and refreshing drink with pronounced fruit flavors. I tasted apricot, pear, and peach, along with notes of caramel and vanilla. Overall, it’s tasty, smooth, and not overly sweet, and has a very pleasant mouthfeel.
As for mixing it in a cocktail, I didn’t go too crazy, simply adding some of my new favorite mixer, Q Ginger (an all-natural ginger ale), into a cocktail I’m calling the C&Q. Apparently that’s enough to make me a mixological genius, because I found the C&Q to be a delightful marriage of flavors. It’s definitely on the dry side, the way I like it, and there’s a lot going on in the glass to think about and enjoy. The grapes, ginger, and oak all play nicely together, just like Shaq and, well, never mind.
So, check out Shaq’s All-Star Comedy Jam and pick up a bottle of C by Courvoisier if you’re into cognac, or cocktails, or just feel like trying something new. Drink delicious drinks and laugh at funny jokes. Life is good.
C by Courvoisier costs about $35 a bottle and is available at better liquor stores and wine shops across the nation.